Service Industry Claims Highest Substance Abuse Rates

SAMHSA recently released a report examining the effect of substance abuse by industry. According to the report, workers within the service industry are one of the highest rates for alcoholism and the highest rate of illicit drug use. Coming in third for alcohol problems and first for drug problems, the service industry provides a threat to the US economy and safety of the public in establishments where workers may be under the influence.

The service industry is defined by restaurants, bars, and other establishments focused on the service of food, beverage, or entertainment. Workers within the service industry can be categorized by service staff such as waiters and hostesses, to corporate level employees like accountants and lawyers.

Substance use negatively affects U.S. industry through lost productivity, workplace accidents and injuries, employee absenteeism, low morale, and increased illness,” reads the report. “U.S. companies lose billions of dollars a year because of employees’ alcohol and drug use and related problems.”

Generally, people abusing substances who are in the service industry  are not doing so on shift. In fact, the true problem lies within the immediate hours after closing. Having endured another day’s work together, having a drink with coworkers is a bonding activity. For many, fellow work employees create a sort of “work family”. Consumed by a busy schedule, workers are each other’s friends. Late night hours spent socializing together with the addition of alcohol creates camaraderie and solidarity.

However, many do drink on shift, causing problems for themselves and their place of business. Intoxication on the job is an instantaneous liability putting an employee, a business owner, and patrons at risk for injury or mistake.

If you are concerned you or a friend are at risk for substance abuse while on the job, look for these signs

  • Slurred speech
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty focusing or being productive
  • Marked decrease in work performance and reviews from customers
  • Arguments with authority figures or customer
  • Needing frequent breaks
  • Focusing on the end of work rather than being grateful

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